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An EAN antenna on the belly of a British Airways A320 aircraft

Viasat plans challenge to EAN’s Belgian approval

Earlier in the month Belgian regulators (BIPT) re-approved the ground component structure of Inmarsat's European Aviation Network (EAN) service. The move came after a court challenge lodged by Viasat and Eutelsat on the validity of…

Inmarsat EAN gains Belgian (re)approval

Inmarsat's European Aviation Network (EAN) received approval this week from Belgian telecom authorities for its ground component service. Again. That's good news for the inflight connectivity provider as it works to secure the necessary regulatory…

Counting connections and commitments

Connectivity installations slow slightly over the summer, allowing an opportunity to take a big picture look at the industry and where the various players sit in terms of connected aircraft and future commitments. Compared to…

Viasat 8: The Ocho!

It is just one small line inserted into today's Viasat earnings notes, "...┬átotal next-generation IFC system installations to around 200 aircraft across eight commercial airlines." The 200 number is nice, but the eight is more…

American Airlines extends Viasat deal to A321neo fleet

American Airlines will take the Viasat Ka-band inflight connectivity solution on its A321neo fleet when deliveries begin in 2019. The 100-aircraft deal was secured in recent weeks and announced by Viasat as part of its…

Connectivity milestones aplenty

Marking installation milestones is always fun. Not that installation 1000 is any more important than number 999, but seeing the zeros roll over creates a soothing feeling. And there are a few of those to…

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Finnair launches wifi on European fleet

Finnair launched high-speed internet connectivity on its narrow-body Airbus fleet on European flights today. From July 19 onwards, Finnair passengers can enjoy in-flight internet service - even gate-to-gate - enabling each customer to use the…

Viasat committed to global coverage, even without partners

Partners are important. Partners help justify the massive financial investment to build, launch and operate massive satellite systems. For the ViaSat-3 constellation of satellites, however, securing partners prior to launch is now more of a…